Category Archives: Appetizers

Salami Roll-ups

42 Servings Prep/total time: 25 Min.


1 carton (8 ounces) whipped cream cheese

1/4 pound hard salami, finely chopped

2 tablespoons dill pickle relish or sweet if you prefer

4 flour tortillas (10 inches), room temperature


In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, salami and pickle relish.

Spread over tortillas. Roll up tightly; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Unwrap and cut each tortilla into 1-in. slices. Yield: 3-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts1 roll-up equals 49 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 120 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.



Appetizer Meatballs


1 1/2 Lb. Ground Beef

1 1/2 Lb. Ground Chuck

1 envelope onion soup mix

3/4 C. dry bread crumbs

3 eggs

Salt, pepper & garlic powder to taste


1- 32oz. Bottle of catsup

1-6 to 8 oz. jar of pizza sauce

1-10oz. Jar grape jelly

2 tbsp. lemon juice


For make your own- beat eggs and soup & seasonings to mix well.  Add meats and bread crumbs, mix. Make tiny balls ( 12 doz.) Bake 350 degrees – 20 Min.

Mix catsup, pizza sauce, jelly and lemon juice. Stir and cook over low heat 20 Min.  Add meatballs  to sauce and simmer about 30 Min.

Quick Method:

Make sauce as directed but use frozen meatballs instead of homemade to save extra work.  Just thaw the frozen meatballs and add to sauce, then simmer as directed.  When I first started making these there were now such thing as ready-made meatballs.  That’s what I’m using this year.

Wonton Wrapper Appetizers

16 Servings Prep/Total Time: 30 Min.


1/2 pound ground meat of your choice

3 green onions, chopped

16 wonton wrappers

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded pepper Monterey Jack cheese


In a small skillet, cook meat over medium heat until no longer pink; drain if necessary. Stir in onions; set aside.

Press wonton wrappers into greased miniature muffin cups; lightly brush with oil. Bake at 350° for 6-7 minutes or until golden brown.

Spoon 1 rounded tablespoon of meat mixture into each cup; top with 1 tablespoon of cheese. Bake 3-4 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Serve immediately. Yield: 16 appetizers.

Nutritional Facts1 serving (1 each) equals 108 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 192 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 5 g protein.

Shrimp Lover Squares

24 Servings Prep: 20 Min. +  chillin


1 tube (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup sour cream

1/2 teaspoon dill weed

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup seafood cocktail sauce

24 cooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/2 cup chopped green pepper

1/3 cup chopped onion

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese


In a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish, unroll crescent dough into one long rectangle; seal seams and perforations. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack.

In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, dill and salt until smooth. Spread over crust. Top with the seafood sauce, shrimp, green pepper, onion and cheese. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Cut into squares. Yield: 2 dozen.

This would also work using crackers instead of crescent rolls I’m sure.

Nutritional Facts1 appetizer equals 109 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 190 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 5 g protein.

Crab Wonton Cups

32 Servings Prep/Total Time: 30 Min.


32 wonton wrappers

Cooking spray

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1 egg

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 cup lump crabmeat, drained

1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions

1/4 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Press wonton wrappers into miniature muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Spritz wrappers with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 8-9 minutes or until lightly browned.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, cream, egg, mustard and Worcestershire sauce until smooth. Stir in the crab, green onions and red pepper; spoon into wonton cups. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until filling is heated through. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 32 appetizers.

Nutritional Facts1 appetizer equals 77 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 153 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic